Trail Run

2 October 2022 

15/22km Trail Run – 06h00 start
6km Fun Run/Walk– 06h20 start

Venue:
Forest Hills Sports Club
42 Forest Drive
Forest Hills


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After a successful inaugural event in 2021, our planning for the 2022 event was severely disrupted by the floods of April & further heavy rain in May. Many of the trails and other parts of the Reserve suffered extensive damage resulting in the Reserve being closed to the public. Other than damage to both entrances and parking areas, all of the bridges on the trails were washed away and some of the trails were obstructed by mudslides and fallen vegetation. While there is still lots of work to do before the Reserve can open to the public, we are happy that the trails have been repaired sufficiently to be able to present the 2022 Trail Run on 2 October 2022. Participants will experience some brand new trail sections, prepared to avoid flood damaged sections of the trails.

Following a similar pattern to last year, there will be both a 15/22km trail run starting at 06h00 and a 6km fun run/walk, which will start at 06h20. The 6km event is ideal for those not ready to tackle the longer routes, but wanting to experience the splendour of our beautiful Reserve.  Both events start and end at Forest Hills Sports Club.

A copy of the race rules can be downloaded HERE

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Thanks to our partners for your support leading up to and on the day. Without your support, the run would not be possible.

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Route Profiles

15/22km Trail Run Route & Elevation Profile

After leaving Forest Hills Sports Club, participants run 1km through the beautiful suburb of Forest Hills before entering the Nature Reserve on Bridle Road. After a short downhill section, runners make their way to the base of Mphiti Falls, where they can admire the beauty of the falls before climbing out of the valley to the top of the falls. This short grassland section precedes the descent towards the road crossing at Kloof Falls Road.

From Kloof Falls parking, the trail follows the contour paths under the forest canopy to the Ronald’s Kloof weir on route to the Windsor gulley. After negotiating the wooden ladder at the gulley, the trail heads through grasslands past the trig beacon and towards Uve Road. From here, it descends to the lowest point on the course, where it crosses the Molweni River at 10 Feet Crossing. A steep, climb up “The Wall”, takes the runners to marker 15, where the 22km participants head towards the out and back Nkutu loop, while the 15km entrants enter the Forest Trail back towards the club.

Upon arriving at Nkutu parking, the runners cross the Nkutu river and enjoy amazing views of the valley as they follow the cliff edge towards the forest, before a short climb to the top of the hill where they can pause and marvel at the beautiful views of the Nature Reserve and surroundings. Upon their return to marker 15, runners enter the Forest trail on the final section back to the club.

After exiting the forest, the path descends through the Nkonka Crack to the base of the Nkonka Falls, before following a short climb up to the Watsonia grasslands. Before exiting the Reserve at Watosnia Place, runners can enjoy a last breathtaking view before completing the last short tar section to finish at the Sports Club, where prizegiving is held later in the morning.

6km Fun Run/Walk Route & Elevation Profile

The 6km fun run/walk follows the same route as the longer 15/22km route to the majestic Mphiti Falls before retracing your steps back up the Forest Trail to Bridle Road and back to the Club.

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